Clark Grabs 'Cuse Offer During Camp

The SUNY Maritime camp proved fruitful for Syracuse, as they identified prospects they feel would fit in well with the Orange. One 2015 prospect to walk away with an offer was Avon (CT) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark. He discusses the camp and the offer inside.

Syracuse held camps in the New York City area over the weekend. Saturday morning, the camp was held at SUNY Maritime. A couple prospects emerged with offers. One of those was 2015 Avon (CT) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark.

"They had us do a lot of combine drills," Clark said. "Things like the shuttle, broad jump, the 40. I thought I did well. I think I ran like a 4.7 or 4.8 (40-time). My broad jump was like a 9.3 or 9.4. My shuttle was a 4.5. That's the thing about me. I'm a big guy, I'm a tight end, but I can move well.

"I used to play wideout, but I converted this season. I'm up to 244 (pounds) now. I thought it went well. The camp had great competition. It was nice to get out and compete against everybody."

Head Coach Scott Shafer and Offensive Coordinator George McDonald decided to offer Clark based on what they saw from him during camp.

"Throughout the camp, Coach Shafer was talking to me," Clark explained. "He and Coach McDonald were just saying how good I looked and my size with me only going into my junior year. Coach Shafer told me to grab my dad after the camp. So I pulled my dad down onto the field.

"Coach Shafer and Coach McDonald told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship. They said they know it's early but it's good to get started now. They just wanted to let me know that I have a spot there. It was cool."

Not only was Clark excited about the offer, but so was his family.

"My parents were really, really, really excited," the 6-foot-6 prospect admitted. "It's been a grind, you know? Finally all the hard work pays off. Everybody's just really happy for me."

While Clark though an offer was obtainable with a solid performance, he was a bit surprised by it as well.

"I'm a big competitor so I clearly thought if I did what I know I can do they would offer," Clark admitted. "But it was a surprise too because it was my first one. It was cool and I'm definitely really, really excited because it was my first one. You remember that.

"I obviously know about Syracuse with that basketball and lacrosse program. They have a great communications school up there and that's something I'd like to major in. My high school in Connecticut, Old Farms, we send a lot of lacrosse kids there. I've heard about that school, of course. I definitely have high interest in Syracuse."

With the Syracuse offer in hand, Clark will now focus on learning more about the football program. That includes a visit, which he hopes will be coming sometime soon.

"Coach Shafer was talking about that," Clark claimed. "I don't know when we're going to do that but I definitely want to get up there and check out the school. That's a priority. I have to do that. Maybe I'll come up for a game or something."

Clark added that he's also received interest from Boston College, North Carolina State, Duke, Virginia, UCLA, Penn State, and Rutgers.

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